In the second photo you can see the color of the buds of the rose that was grafted onto the Dr. Huey rootstock. It's A Shropshire Lad (yes, another David Austin).
I literally skipped across the yard when I noticed that my Abraham Darby rose had opened this morning.
It's really orange this year. I don't remember it being quite so dark in years past, but I know that all sorts of things can affect a rose's color.
I can't help but share a couple more views of my gardens because they're bringing me such Joy!
The rose in those last two photos is the amazing Jeanne Lajoie, a small-flowered climber. It's growing on one of the arches between my veggie garden area and my checkerboard patio behind the garage. Below it are my strawberries and beside it, running along the back of the garage are more fruits (and the rhubarb): blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries and grapes.
Of course, my helpers came with me as I toured the garden taking photos.
They slept nearby as I painted today, too. Not outside, it's too cold and was a bit drizzly.
Playing around with some experiments in watercolor and working on my poor, lopsided clay pot. Had more in mind for today, but my time has disappeared.